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Israel Bombing Residential Areas, Civilian Infrastructure in Gaza

Posted By John Glaser On November 17, 2012 @ 1:30 pm In News | Comments Disabled

Via Electronic Intifada [1], Israeli attacks on Gaza “have caused serious damage to civilian infrastructure including homes, schools, sports facilities and a hospital in many parts of Gaza City,” according to the the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights [2]:

Israeli forces have launched dozens of airstrikes on Gaza City, targeting governmental and civilian facilities and other objects mostly located in densely-populated areas. The targets have included the building of the Council of Ministers in the west of the City, which was completely destroyed and a number of nearby houses damaged; the building of the police command in the center of the City, which was completely destroyed and a number of nearby housesdamaged; the building of the Civil Department of the Ministry of Interior in the south of the City, which was attacked for the second time, causing damage to al-Quds Hospital and a number of public and UNRWA school; and Palestine Stadium in al-Remal neighborhood in the center of the City, which was extensively damaged.

Also, this video of the al-Zaytoun quarter, a residential area in Gaza, being bombed by what is reportedly “a bomb or missile dropped by a US-supplied Israeli F-16 jet.”

The New York Times reports [3] that “Israel broadened its assault on the Gaza Strip on Saturday from mostly military targets to centers of government infrastructure.”

The purpose behind this is clear: as Interior Minister Eli Yishai said [4], “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.”


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[1] Via Electronic Intifada: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-massive-explosion-israeli-bomb-hits-gaza-city-residential-area

[2] Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9001:ongoing-israeli-offensive-on-gaza-palestinian-civilian-deaths-rise-to-17-including-2-women-and-6-children-and-381-wounded-including-107-children-and-64-women-&catid=145:in-focus

[3] reports: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-conflict.html?hp&_r=1&

[4] said: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/live-blog-idf-prepares-for-ground-invasion-as-gaza-offensive-enters-fourth-day-1.478505

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